ASU's Camp Taylor seeks to inspire high school students with disabilities

May 9, 2011

Students with disabilities and their families often worry about what may happen to them after they graduate from high school. Now they have new options. This summer, from July 10–14, ASU will offer a summer camp for students with disabilities.

Camp Taylor will provide high school students, ages 14 to 18, with an opportunity to begin thinking about and preparing for college by actually living the experience in a college dorm. Hosted at Taylor Hall at ASU's Downtown Phoenix campus, students will live for five days and four nights with other students who have special needs and are considering attending ASU or a community college after graduation. Download Full Image

They will learn study skills, test-taking techniques, and will experience 50-minute college classes, peer-led information sessions, campus tours, and other activities created for college-bound students. They also will meet with ASU advisers, enrollment specialists, and financial aid administrators. Each student will leave with a personal plan for reaching his or her goal for higher education. 

"We sent our son to college on a wing and a prayer that he would be successful in college life," says Carolyn Warden, who has a son with Aspergers. "It would have alleviated a great deal of his fears and ours if he had had practice on studying with peers, riding the light rail between campuses, asking difficult questions and just being on campus. ASU’s Camp Taylor would have been so welcomed to our son and to our family in easing the path to higher education."

Camp Taylor is run by the Initiative for Inclusive Communities Life Coaching (IIC) at the Center">">Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy in the College of Public Programs and is staffed by staff and students at ASU including the team of highly trained Life Coaches at IIC.

Camp Taylor has the capacity to serve up to 30 students. There are four rooms with wheel chair access available.

For more information or to register, visit" target="_blank">Camp Taylor or contact Shelly Morgan at 602-496-1481 or shelley.morgan">">

Softball collects third straight Pac-10 sweep

May 9, 2011

With Katelyn">">Ka... Boyd and Kaylyn">"... Castillo going three-for-four at the plate and Mackenzie"> Popescue dealing in the circle, giving up only four hits, the top-ranked ASU Softball team collected their third straight Pac-10 series sweep Sunday afternoon, downing No. 13 Washington 6-2. The win moves Popescue to 13-2 on the year as ASU improves to 48-5 overall and 15-3 in Pac-10 play with a two game lead with only three left to play. UW drops to 32-13 overall and 7-11 in conference action as well.

The Sun Devils wasted no time in getting the party started as they put three on the board in the first inning with RBIs from Kaylyn">"... Castillo and Annie">">... Lockwood before an illegal pitch plated Castillo to make it 3-0. While Popescue sliced and diced through the Huskies line-up for six scoreless innings ASU got back at it again in the fifth inning with two more runs coming in off a single to right field from Annie">">... Lockwood again to make it 5-0.

An RBI single from Mandy">">Mandy Urfer in the seventh made it 6-0 before the Huksies had something to say about it with a single from Kaitlin Inglesby with one out in the seventh setting up a two-run shot to center field from Shawna Wright to make it 6-2. Popescue locked it up after that though to cruise to ASU’s 48th win on the year and put ASU one game from clinching a piece of the Pac-10 title and two from winning it outright.

The  Sun Devils will look to seal their second-ever Pac-10 title next weekend as they return home for the final weekend of regular season play, hosting the Stanford Cardinal Thursday-Saturday in Tempe at Farrington Stadium. Download Full Image